Lautaro helps Inter to much-needed Cremonese win, but Nerazzurri refuse to make it easy

Inter got the all-important three points thanks to Lautaro Martinez against Cremonese, but it was a nervy watch for their fans once again.


It is now fair to say that Inter are one of, if not the most chaotic side to watch in Serie A. Not just across 90 minutes, but across a season. Their gung-ho way of both attacking and defending means that no game can ever be considered a formality, but they are immensely entertaining if you have no skin in the game.

The match against Cremonese on Matchday 20 evening should really have been a formality. They came up against a Grigiorossi side, albeit at home, who are yet to win a Serie A game all season, having tried to on 20 occasions. The Nerazzurri managed to win 2-1 with two Lautaro Martinez strike, but it was not simple.

The main problem for Inter this season has been consistency of not only results, but of performances. The game in Cremona began exactly as the travelling Inter fans will have feared. David Okereke scored what can only be described as a world-class goal, firing into the far top corner from distance.

The makeshift back three of Inter featuring Alessandro Bastoni, Francesco Acerbi and Matteo Darmian looked to be all over the place. That provided half of the classic Inter chaos, and the other half was provided by the likes of Lautaro and Edin Dzeko finding all sorts of space in the opposition box.

Denzel Dumfries drives forward with the ball for Inter. [@Inter_en]

Inter ensure there are chances at both ends

The word chaos doesn’t have to be bad in this context. You could describe Atalanta at their best under Gian Piero Gasperini as chaotic, but you don’t get the feeling that Simone Inzaghi wants his team to look chaotic.

The equaliser came in the first half after a period of high-octane Inter pressure, as Lautaro swept home a rebound from a Dzeko shot. Minutes later though, Acerbi could have been sent off as he tripped Daniel Ciofani as he was about to bare down on goal. Only Bastoni being vaguely in the vicinity kept Acerbi on the pitch. It was the kind of moment that gives the home crowd and team a lift.

A team like Cremonese lack the quality to really hurt Inter and the Nerazzurri were able to get away with their approach, especially once Lautaro grabbed his second goal and put them ahead.

Just for once, though, Inter fans might like their team to go away to the team at the bottom of Serie A and just win 2-0, without looking like the points would ever be in doubt. Cremonese continued to create chances through the likes of Cyril Dessers and Felix Afena-Gyan right into the latter stages of the game, meaning the fans behind the goal could never relax.

Inter duo Lautaro Martinez and Federico Dimarco after a goal. [@Inter_en]

Carnesecchi looks the real deal

Cremonese put up a good fight against Inter but at some point this season, those good fights need to become victories as they are at risk of being cut adrift at the bottom of Serie A.

Their shining light was undoubtedly Marco Carnesecchi, who looks to be the real thing. The 22-year-old goalkeeper on loan from Atalanta made a number of superb saves to keep his team in the game during Inter’s better spells.

He commands his box and showed on one occasion how quickly he can get to his feet, saving a Lautaro shot from close range immediately after beating away a Federico Dimarco strike.


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